United Nations special envoy Kofi Annan's spokesman said Friday that the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must order a ceasefire without waiting for the opposition to make the first move. "The deadline is now," Ahmad Fawzi told a news briefing in Geneva. Assad has reportedly declared acceptance of the Annan peace plan, but it has not been popular with the opposition, since it does not hinge on Assad leaving office. There has been no let-up to the violence—especially in Homs—despite Assad's agreement.
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